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Circulars dated:   16/8/14   3/8/14   16/7/14

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Only a selection of events follows below - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. (Very) Late cancellations do unfortunately sometimes occur, too late for inclusion in an email, but I will note these - and late sell-outs - in the website Diary as soon as I become aware of them.

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Saturday 6 September 2014 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Winners of both the 2013 BBC Young Folk Award and 2014 BBC Horizon Award. Exciting and dynamic young duo with musical abilities, vocal maturity and professionalism beyond their years. Growing festival favourites, the duo have appeared at prestigious venues as Cropredy Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. Their new album, The Call, is now available. www.russellalgar.co.uk. Support: Martyn Cornelius. Tickets: £9 adv; £11 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

UPDATED Friday 24 October 2014 8pm - Johnny Coppin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Brilliant songwriter. Former member of folk / rock band, Decameron and part of current duo with Mike Silver and occasionally with Phil Beer. Johnny has a wonderful clear voice and accompanies himself on guitar and keyboard. www.johnnycoppin.co.uk. Support: Harping Mad (Susie & Bill Tresize) www.harpingmad.co.uk. Tickets: £10 adv; £12 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

UPDATED Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm – Reg Meuross – Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Reg’s imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of Master Storyteller (Pennyblack Music), and prompted Mike Harding to introduce him as ‘One of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced.’ www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £8 adv or £10 door are available until 1 September and from 13 October, on any club night, email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com or call 01626 362528. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.

 

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16/8/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Saturday 16 August 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other events in the more immediate future. The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.
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Thursday 21 August 2014 7.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - Brixham Theatre Studio, TQ5 8TA (map)
Geoff Lakeman is an internationally-recognised leading exponent of the rare Crane duet concertina. He performs self-penned songs. English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson and 1920/30s jazz standards. Support: Doxies - three lovely ladies from Cornwall add a creative and feminine touch to the delivery of the music they love and a quirky edge to their performance to boot! £10/£8. Bookings www.batsweb.org.uk, tel. 01803 882717.

Thursday 21 August 2014 - Gigspanner - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
Gigspanner are returning to no doubt raise the roof with their enigmatic playing. Ex-Steeleye Span fiddler Peter Knight (the Jimi Hendrix of the fiddle) is enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on congas and djembe. The band amalgamate a heady mix of Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a blistering pace of a musical world tour. “Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow" - Sir Terry Pratchett. www.gigspanner.com. £15. Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232. Also at:
Friday 22 August 2014 - Gigspanner -
Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
Tickets from Jane Mutch on 01752 823423 or online at www.gigspanner.com/tickets.html.

Thursday 28 August 2014 9pm - Jeff Horsey & Gareth Hedges - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Two incredibly accomplished musicians with impressive histories come together to play a special evening of traditional music. Drawing primarily on the blues but effortlessly nodding to aspects of jazz, folk and roots music expect a perfect rendition of styles long passed as well as some unique and insightful anecdotes. £2. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

Friday 29 August 2014 9pm - Adam Piggott & Jayne Freeman - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Described by NetRythms as “Genuinely uplifting” with “Intensely adept acoustic guitar styling” this guitar/ukulele duo showcase their song writing alongside fresh interpretations of often unexpected classic songs. With strong influences from country, folk, blues and jazz their sound has been described as a mix of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Debbie Harry and Ry Cooder with a modern Nouvelle Vague twist. £3. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

Thursday 4 September 2014 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Community Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0JJ (map)
(at Chudleigh CE Community Primary School) Fundraiser for the Youth Centre. Tickets £14 available from Sue Metcalfe on 01626 853651 or email susan.metcalfe[at]hotmail.co.uk.

UPDATED Friday 5 September 2014 7.30pm - Pete Morton - Brixham Folk Club, Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Pete is a songwriter, singer and ‘folk rapper’ with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His live shows are dynamic and thought provoking, while remaining approachable and fun loving. Ticketing details see www.batsweb.org.uk/folkclub.htm. Discounted advance tickets.

Saturday 6 September 2014 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Winners of both the 2013 BBC Young Folk Award and 2014 BBC Horizon Award. Exciting and dynamic young duo with musical abilities, vocal maturity and professionalism beyond their years. Growing festival favourites, the duo have appeared at prestigious venues as Cropredy Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. Their new album, The Call, is now available. www.russellalgar.co.uk. Support: Martyn Cornelius. Tickets: £9 adv; £11 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Saturday 6 September 2014 - Kent DuChaine - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Blues legend. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 394113, £12 door. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk

NEW Sunday 7 September 2014 7.30-10pm - Balkan and Gypsy Dance - Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton EX17 3EJ
Dance to Balkan & Gypsy music, with Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant playing: hurdy gurdy, cittern, bagpipes, shawm, voice and whistle and with dances led by Kushuma Holyoak (01837 82001) and Fiona Parr (01626 821110). Cost £7. BYO refreshments.
Next dance: Sunday 28 September

NEW 12-14 September 2014 - Acoustica Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map) +partner venues
This year’s festival of alt-folk, folktronica and Americana – music of acoustic origin – takes place at six venues and across eleven stages.
Friday: Bands from 6pm and into the early hours at Exeter Phoenix and from 10.30pm at Bikeshed Theatre and the Old Firehouse – including Josienne Clark & Ben Walker, Winter Mountain, Death & Treason, Rhyme & Reason (a dark musical cabaret), Black Feathers, Kezia, Grice, Tom Hickox, Jess McAllister, Bite The Buffalo, Sam Fearon, Richard O’Hara, the pick of student singer songwriters from the Academy of Music.
Saturday: Bands at Exeter Phoenix from 6pm at Exeter Phoenix and from 10.30pm at Bikeshed Theatre and the Old Firehouse – including Blair Dunlop, Hannah Lou Clark, Arhai, Nick Harper, Count To Fire, David Harbottle, Woodford Green, Moor Reason, Sunday Skyclub, Wildwood Kin, Polly Money, young singer songwriters from Exeter Phoenix plus many more.
More details, booking etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/acoustica-festival-2014

NEW Saturday 13 September 2014 - French & Breton Music & Dancing - Exeter
10.30am-12.30pm - Bedford Square  middle of High Street); 2.00pm-3.00pm - Fete at St Thomas Pleasure Ground, Cowick Street. All musicians & dancers welcome, Contact Pat or Mike 01392 811593 or Tim 01392 207739 for info.

NEW Saturday 13 September 2014 8pm - Coope, Boyes & Simpson: In Flanders Field - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson with their mix of powerful a cappella singing and distinctive songwriting perform this highly acclaimed show. Having participated in five Passendaele Peace Concerts the trio were inspired to put together “In Flanders Field” which combines their own writing with the biting humour of the Tommies’ wartime observations and music. Tickets available from the Flavel box office on 01803 839530 or www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.

NEW Wednesday 17 September 2014 8pm - Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Two exceptionally talented and renowned performers grace the B-Bar this month. Jim Causley is an award winning Devon folk singer as likely to be found in a village hall leading a Wassail as at a gig. A truly wonderful singer and interpreter of traditional material Jim is also an accomplished writer of original music and lyrics. Lukas is an experienced session musician and most famous for his band 3 Daft Monkeys, but recently he has been carving out a reputation for himself as a solo artist of some distinction. £5. Call or www.wegottickets.com/event/287173. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Kathryn and Sean won the Best Duo Award in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as being nominated in the Best Original Song category. They have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion they show as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. Details www.calstockarts.org/saturday-20th-september-kathryn-roberts-and-sean-lakeman.

UPDATED (cast) Thursday 25 September 2014 2pm & 7pm - Mick Ryan's ‘A Day’s Work’ - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A folk opera written by Mick Ryan. Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme. The show examines war, love, courage and cowardice. Originally written and performed in 1995, this revival for The Great War Centenary uses a re-written script, with some additional, newly composed, songs and a cast comprising: Mick Ryan, Paul Downes, Maggie Boyle, Pete Morton, Greg Russell, Matt Quinn and Heather Bradford. Adv tickets £10 from
Silver Lion Jewellers, North St or online 2pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284862 7pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284865, door £12 - or whatever you can afford. Also by phone from LeafieB 01364 653830.

NEW Thursday 25 September 2014 - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Songwriter Huw and multi-instrumentalist Maart first met on a Fairport Convention tour bus in 1995. Huw went on to conquer the British folk scene with previous singing partner Tony Williams, and is now a regular BBC Radio 4 contributor. Over a 30 year career, Maart has toured and recorded with everyone from Fairport, Jethro Tull, The Mission, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mike Harding, Robert Plant, Midge Ure and many more. Together, Huw and Maart deliver an evening of warmth, humour, beautiful songs, foot-tapping tunes, and stories that will captivate and enthral. www.maartinallcock.com/Huw&Maart. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

NEW Friday 26 September 2014 9pm - Big Joe Bone - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
"Big Joe Bone" (A.K.A. Danny Wilson) plays what he calls "Blues-Grass" music.....a mix of Delta Blues, Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel and Hillbilly music utilizing his raspy vocals, hard driving harmonica rhythms, bottleneck slide guitar playing (on steel bodied resonator guitars) and finger-picking skills on 5 string banjos.....all held together by a very heavy stomping boot! £3. Details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Friday 10 October 2014 8pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Those who have been following the Folk revival movement will already know about Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. Both classically trained, Josienne’s voice and style has been compared to June Tabor, and Ben’s vintage guitar and mandolin lends the perfect musical tact. Nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Newcomers and Best Duo this year, Josienne and Ben infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase. Ben’sflair for arrangement provides the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage. Their live performances have received fantastic reviews. “Becoming one of the hottest tickets in Folk” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.calstockarts.org/friday-10-october-josienne-clarke-and-ben-walker. Box office 01726 879500.

NEW Saturday 11 October 2014 7.30pm – The Carrivick Sisters – Charleton Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AF (map)
Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve, they perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. They have performed both in the UK and internationally. Tickets £15 (including 2 course supper) on sale from beginning of September. Contact Jane Payne 01548 531885, email jane[at]paynes.org.uk. 7pm for 7.30pm. Bar/Raffle. In Aid of National Coastwatch Prawle Point/

NEW Thursday 16 October 2014 8pm - Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe - Exeter Golf & Country Club, Countess Wear, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE
Support: Sarah Yeo. In aid of Hospiscare, the Exeter-based cancer charity, and chosen charity for the year of the club's president. Tickets £14 may be obtained by calling the Club on 01392 874139 or by contacting info@exetergcc.co.uk.

NEW Friday 17 October 2014 7.30pm- Appaloosas - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
From way out in the Wild West - of Dartmoor - come Appaloosas, playing Old-Time and Appalachian, the music that became American music. Rooted in songs and tunes carried by settlers from the British Isles, it was familiar musical home comforts for generations of emigrants. Music from tough times telling of the unchanging human condition, from anonymous, long-dead voices but still resonating today. Supported by Martin Scragg, active in the folk revival for over 40 years, singing mostly traditional Anglo- Irish and Scottish material, with a fair amount of more contemporary songs written within the traditional mould. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286298.

NEW Thursday 6 November 2014 8pm - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
The ones to watch on the UK's growing Americana scene. As a six piece band (featuring guitars, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, double bass and drums) they play an eclectic mix of Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Hokum Blues, Ragtime, Cajun, and Country, all with similar themes of debauchery, disasters, drink and debt. With a set comprised of original songs and old blues gems, they are sure to make your feet tap and your booty shake. www.teapadorchestra.co.uk. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286306.

NEW Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
This duo has established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Their professional and personal partnership has yielded several successful albums and recognition as one of the top duos around culminating in being recognised as Best Duo at the 2013 BBC2 Folk Awards. Tickets available from the Flavel box office on 01803 839530 or www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.

NEW Wednesday 10 December 2014 8pm - A Medieval Christmas - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Clifford Room. Following on from their highly successful touring show “A Victorian Christmas”, acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast from the Past now delve further back in time to bring you “A Medieval Christmas”. Featuring long-forgotten festive songs (plus some surprisingly familiar carols!) played on authentic instruments such as cittern, bagpipes and shawm, this celebration of Yuletide Past is sure to warm the hearts of young and old. Details www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/a-medieval-christmas.

Autumn Thursday Music Programme for Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
East Devon’s Otterton Mill has just released details of its Autumn season of acoustic music, held in the intimate environment of its restaurant. More details can be found in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk and of course full details at www.ottertonmill.com. The programme  features:
18/9 Doug MacLeod; 25/9 Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; 2/10 Lizanne Knott with Bill Reveles; 9/10 Dana Gillespie Trio; 23/10 James Keelaghan with Hugh McMillan

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Scheduled programme of Featured Artist Events:
Monday 18 August - The John White Band
Monday 20 October - My Black Hat
Monday 10 November - Cross Border
Club news: Due to circumstances way beyond our control, from Monday 8 September until Monday 6 October the Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club will be running with minimal sound equipment or acoustic. Please contact Rick Lawes on 01803 550692 for details.
Next concert: Tickets for Reg Meuross on Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm, £8 adv/£10 door, are available until 1 September and from 13 October, on any club night, email acoustic.warehouse@gmail or call 01626 362528.

Richie's East Devon Music Diary discontinued
For personal reasons, as of 6/8/14 Richie Evans is unfortunately unable to continue providing his regular monthly East Devon Music Diary listings for the foreseeable future. Richie provided great multi-genre music listings - including 'folk' - for an area I'd loosely describe as 'East Devon' through his email circulation service. If you are aware of folk concerts and other folk events happening in this area, please let me know and I will do my best to include them in my listings.

Session news
New session at the White Hart Inn at Bow (nr Crediton) commencing the second Sunday in September at 8pm. If it gets good support. it will run monthly.

Old Gaffers Shanty Crew: Remaining August dates  www.oldgaffers.co.uk
Saturday
23 August 8pm - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
Monday
25 August pm - Staverton Elizabethan Fayre
Saturday
30 August 8pm - Victoria Inn, Salcombe

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings and details on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
Sold out Thursday 21 August - Martyn Joseph - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG
Tuesday 9 September - Widecombe Fair ("are at least 15 different folk bands")
Thursday 11 September - Dana & Susan Robinson - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston
Thursday 11 September - Bob & Gill Berry - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes
Thursday 11 September - Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War - Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 11 September - Whitetop Mountain Band - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth
Friday 12 September - Gallery Bar Special: Rum and Shrub Shanty Crew - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Friday 12 September - Steve Knightley - Ilsington Village Hall, Ilsington
12-14 September - Cornish Bluegrass Festival - Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay
Saturday 13 September am/pm - French & Breton Music & Dancing - Exeter
Saturday 13 September - Fishstock Festival - Brixham
Saturday 13 September - Altan - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes
Saturday 13 September - Phil Beer solo - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton
Saturday 13 September - Blackheart - Landscove Victory Hall, nr Ashburton
Sunday 14 September - Steve Knightley - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth
Sunday 14 September - Altan - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Sunday 28 September - Dervish - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton
Sold out Friday 21 November - Joan Armatrading - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 22 February 2015 - The Unthanks - Exeter Corn Exchange

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
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www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

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3/8/14

Harberton Folk Circular - Sunday 3 August 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

NEW Monday 25 August 2014 7.30pm - Devon Story Session – Old Church House Inn, Torbryan
What it says on the tin.

NEW Tuesday 9 September 2014 - Widecombe Fair
"We are expecting at least 15 different Folk Bands to be playing in the beer tent all day and into the night" (including Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed at 3.00pm, Piping Hot Ceilidh Band at 4pm) www.widecombefair.com

NEW Thursday 11 September 2014 - Dana & Susan Robinson - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
New songs of rural America and old time mountain music. www.robinsongs.com. Details 01803 394113. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk

NEW Thursday 11 September 2014 8pm - Whitetop Mountain Band - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
From the highest mountains of Virginia USA come The Whitetop Mountain Band. Some call it Bluegrass, some Old Time and others Mountain Music.Whatever it is this 5-piece band provide a live music experience which is truly extraordinary. It's Americana at its most authentic. Check them out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSIF9s17yW8 but be warned no available video could ever do justice to the Whitetop's joyous playing. Tickets £12 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegotickets.com/event/279295. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW 12-14 September 2014 - Cornish Bluegrass Festival - Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay
Details www.cornishbluegrass.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 September 2014 - Altan - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Unreserved seating.
Over 25 years of playing together, Altan have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage.+ Special guests. Full details and bookings www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!altan/c11xf. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

NEW Saturday 13 September 2014 - Fishstock Festival - Brixham
Full line-up on the Acoustic Stage 11am to 10.45pm (see www.fishstockbrixham.co.uk/2014lineup.html for timings): Southern Comfort; Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed; Ian Hunt (solo guitarist); Torbay Ukulele Band; Emily Howard (solo); Chris Thomas (solo); Devon Bird; Swashbuckle; The Seagalls; The Fish Wives Choir; Banned from the Moor; The Old Gaffers (9pm); Tricorn Shonkey

UPDATED Sunday 14 September 2014 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Steve sees his 'Grow your Own gig ' tour very much as a return to the rural roots of his music. "With so many songs about people who live and work in the countryside and the day to day issues they face -it will be great to actually perform them in their spiritual homes." Send your cheque (£16) payable to Kevin Henderson, Lodge Music Promotions, Woodbury Business Park, Woodbury, Exeter EX5 1AY. Please enclose SAE and contact email address and phone no. Contact 07771 558914, email kevin@lodgemusicpro.co.uk. Doors 6.15pm. Limited tickets may still be available - check first!

Sunday 14 September 2014 8pm - Altan - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ (map)
With guests guitar supremo Chris Newman and on the Irish harp Máire Ní Chathasaigh. One of the all-time, top flight traditional Irish bands …a fabulous repertoire of Irish language songs and all the reels and jigs, the craic, the blarney and all the joy that only the unique heritage that is Irish traditional music can bring to the concert stage. Standing with limited bookable seating. Box office and details 07891 663044 or 01395 443419 (cards accepted), or www.wegottickets.com/event/254565, earlybird tickets until 17 August. Doors and bar (and food - call for details) open 6.30pm.
Coming next at Budleigh: Sunday 28 September - Dervish

Thursday 18 September 2014 - Matthew & Me - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing with VIP gallery seating. One of the region's biggest names, Matthew & Me have taken their carefully crafted brand of alt-folk across the UK and beyond, and have packed houses in cities up and down the nation. Crowds are regularly surprised by their live show, never knowing quite what to expect. The five-piece band create huge waves of sound, unexpected chaos, haunting vocals, light and shade, with moments of stark contemplative hush. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!matthew--me/c1p5p. + Special guests. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Friday 19 September 2014 - The Wurzels - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing with VIP gallery seating. The Wurzels head to South Devon at the perfect time of year, when the combine harvesters are out in the fields, and the cider apples are freshly squeezed! + Special guests Skimmity Hitchers. Full details, ticketing, samples etc.
www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-wurzels/cyj8. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

NEW Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Appaloosas - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Old-Time and Americana. www.appaloosasmusic.com. Support: Jaime Leigh. Bar. Tickets £7.50/£6 concs from Bluebell Wood Music, 01626 830423, bluebellwoodmusic@gmail.com.

NEW Thursday 25 September 2014 2pm & 7pm - Mick Ryan's ‘A Day’s Work’ - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A folk opera written by Mick Ryan. Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme. The show examines war, love, courage and cowardice. Originally written and performed in 1995, this revival for The Great War Centenary uses a re-written script, with some additional, newly composed, songs and a cast of well known, and highly respected, performers. Adv tickets £10 from
Silver Lion Jewellers, North St or online 2pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284862 7pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284865, door £12 - or whatever you can afford. Also by phone from LeafieB 01364 653830.

NEW Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Singer songwriter Huw is well known individually and also for his work with Tony Willams, Maart has played in a variety of bands including Fairport Convention and is a very well know and respected multi instrumentalist. Having met on a Fairport convention tour bus in 1995 the two have come together with a performance of stories about life on the road, soundchecks and how and why some of the songs were written. A concert of foot tapping tunes and beautiful songs with anecdotes that will both captivate and make you laugh. To reserve tickets call Andrew on 01837 840519.

UPDATED Saturday 4 October 2014 7.30pm - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player who has become one of the top names in the national folk scene including winning two BBC Folk Awards. Her CDs ‘Jackie Oates’; ‘The Violet Hour’; ‘Hyperboreans’; ‘Saturnine’ and ‘Lullabies’ have attracted wide critical acclaim as well as collaborative work with various other projects including ‘The Imagined Village’ and ‘The Cecil Sharp Project’. Jackie headlined the sell out concert during the 2012 South Brent Folk Festival and as she now lives in Oxford this will be a welcome return for her to Devon. Jackie will be accompanied by multi instrumentalist Mike Cosgrave from the Jackie Oates Band. With local support. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv (available now) from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 door. IFFI: contact Eileen McKee: (01364 73699 / eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com) or John Rawlinson (01364 73117 / j.rawlinson@plymouth.ac.uk). One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

NEW Saturday 8 November 2014 8pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
An exotic mix of Celtic Indian & Old Timey Roots - Robin & Bina work so well together because they create a wonderful balance of voices in their acoustic concerts of song-story & music. They draw on a wide variety of original, traditional, spiritual & mystical folk roots. This concert is also part of the Robin Williamson Bardic workshop held over this weekend. If you are interested in joining the workshop please call Robin directly on: 02920 231731. Tickets £15/£13.
Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

NEW Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Boo Hewerdine - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Much loved English songwriter Boo Hewerdine releases his first career retrospective My Name In Brackets (The Best of) on November 3rd 2014 via Reveal Records. Featuring many of his greatest songs from Boo’s time leading The Bible in the mid-eighties and his subsequent solo career, the compilation spans over 25 years worth of recordings and also includes some brand new songs written specifically for My Name In Brackets. Boo Hewerdine will tour the UK in November 2014 where audiences can expect to hear plenty of their favourite Boo songs alongside a clutch of newer songs as yet unreleased. His shows are famous for his bone dry between song banter, he appears to have an endless supply of anecdotes about his brushes with ‘almost, nearly, not quite fame’! Tickets £12+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/282968. Further info 01803 875527 or world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Doors 7.00pm

NEW Friday 21 November 2014 - The Wurzels - Plainmoor, Torquay
The Somerset-based band is best known by many people for their 1976 number one hit "Combine Harvester",and number three hit "I Am A Cider Drinker". Doors 7pm. Meal deal available. Tickets £20. Contact Sharon Cox 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.

Coming up at Exeter Phoenix www.exeterphoenix.org.uk:
Thursday 11 September - Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War
Wednesday 8 October - Show Of Hands
Wednesday 15 October - Lúnasa
Sunday 16 November - The Fisherman's Friends
Tuesday 9 December - Luke Daniels

Club Feature: Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Singers nights the last Friday of every month, except December. Christmas party night is Friday 19 December. For tickets for any of the guest nights listed below, email leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or call the Cornelius Family on 01392 210983 who will reserve tickets for collection on the door. Advance payment can be made by cheque (payable to Mrs. M Cornelius), sent to 10 Loram Way, Alphington, Exeter EX2 8GG.
Saturday 6 September - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Winners of both the 2013 BBC Young Folk Award and 2014 BBC Horizon Award. Exciting and dynamic young duo with musical abilities, vocal maturity and professionalism beyond their years. Growing festival favourites, the duo have appeared at prestigious venues as Cropredy Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. Their new album, The Call, is now available. £9 adv; £11 door. www.russellalgar.co.uk. Support: Martyn Cornelius.
Friday 24 October - Johnny Coppin - Brilliant songwriter. Former member of folk / rock band, Decameron and part of current duo with Mike Silver and occasionally with Phil Beer. Johnny has a wonderful clear voice and accompanies himself on guitar and keyboard. Not to be missed! £10 adv; £12 door.

Thursday 20 November - Phil Henry & Hannah Martin - Winners of 2014 BBC Best Duo Folk Award. Acclaimed duo bringing an exciting blend of blues, world and traditional folk music on slide guitar, harmonica, fiddle, banjo and vocals. 8 adv; £10 door.
Saturday 13 December Phil Beer - One of the finest performers on the folk scene. Multi-instrumentalist and one-half of duo Show Of Hands. Brilliant! Nuff said! £12 adv.

Session news
Exmouth - Thursday 21 August 8.45pm, second of two trial sessions to see if its a goer, mainly insrumental, a few songs maybe, at the Bicton Inn. All welcome. Jeff Lewis.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 16 July 2014
Only a selection of events follows below - the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.
Sorry it's been over a fortnight since the last circular - Busy times!

NEW Thursday 11 September 2014 8pm - Whitetop Mountain Band - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop, Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region's style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. At the same time, Whitetop Mountain Band shows are very versatile and entertaining containing everything from fiddle/banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, and four part mountain gospel songs. Shows also include flat foot dancing. The band is well known for their high energy and charisma on stage. £12. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW Friday 12 September 2014 - Gallery Bar Special: Rum and Shrub - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Our film festival weekend celebrating the River Tamar gets off to a fine start with the Rum and Shrub Shantymen, a group of traditional singers from Cornwall with a worldwide reputation for lively singing of shanties, sea songs and folk songs. Their unusual name is taken from one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets and is the band’s favourite throat ‘medicine’ – Shrub being an alcoholic cordial reputed to have been enjoyed by smugglers to disguise the salty taste of their contraband, and rum being rum. Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to the band would be very welcome. Full details www.calstockarts.org/friday-12th-september-gallery-bar-special-with-rum-and-shrub.

NEW Friday 12 September 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Ilsington Village Hall, Ilsington TQ13 9RG
In 2010 Steve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Original Song category and as the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo, Show of Hands won the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. From a rock background, Steve is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country. Booking details etc. www.ilsingtongigs.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 28 September 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Buckfastleigh Town Hall
In 2010 Steve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Original Song category and as the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo, Show of Hands won the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. From a rock background, Steve is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country. Booking details etc. www.growyourowngig.co.uk/gigs.

New West-Country CD
We don't usually do advertising as such, but very happy to make an exception to give a mention for a brand new release from West-Country specialists and former Harberton Folk performers Tom & Barbara Brown. Details of 'Just Another Day - Songs from Minehead - then and now' can be found on www.umbermusic.co.uk.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

Kingsbridge Crabshell Session - Summer Recess
In conjunction with Simon and Jane at the pub, we have decided to suspend the monthly session at the Crabshell for the summer season i.e. no sessions on the first Thursdays of June, July, August or September 2014. Fortunately for them (perhaps not for us!) they have made such a fantastic job of re-inventing the pub that it has been increasingly difficult to dodge waitresses, hear each other sing etc when the pub is at its busiest. So you have all summer long to work on your repertoires and enjoy the break! But be sure to put a big reminder on your calendars for Thursday 2nd October 2014 when I for one will be looking forward to getting together again. Brenda B.

Over the border: Brief news from Cornwall
1) The monthly Cross House Inn sessions at Metherell are in recess until September.
2) Bodmin Folk Club regrettably has no permanent home at present. Check www.bodminfolk.co.uk for interim venue(s).

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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Session News
Totnes: Bay Horse Inn
, 8 Cistern Street TQ9 5SP (01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com)
Traditional Open Session: First & third Mondays of every month, 8.45pm – 11pm. Players and singers welcome.
Traditional Singing Session: Second & fourth Tuesdays of the month, 8.45 - 11pm. Exploring British folk.
Eli’s Open Session: Every Thursday, 8.45 - 11pm. Singer/songwriters, musicians, percussionists – all welcome.
Bluegrass Session: Second Sunday each Month, 8.30pm - 11pm. Players welcome.

New Venue for 2014: Starz Bar in Exeter - Exeter Folk Project
Gigs start in the New Year, downstairs in the lounge bar, all seated (55-60 seats). More at www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject. Location: 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter, EX4 3ET. The line-up to date: 23/1/14 Blair Dumlop; 20/2/14 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; 27/3/14 O'Hooley & Tidow

Crabshell Records Kingsbridge
We don't normally advertise this sort of thing, but Neil does a great job with Kingsbridge-based Crabshell Records ("Any money raised over expenses will be entirely dedicated to promoting live music of the tradition in and around Kingsbridge") , mostly involving local South Devon performers including Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, and The Storm, or his own previous events. See www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Publications.html for the lastest info (and also www.shamstrad.co.uk/crabshellrecords.htm).

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New 'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This brand new (a month ago) not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.
It's very difficult to categorise some performers, but here's a summary of the 'folkier' acts in the current published programme up to December:
22/11 Rue Royale; 23/11 Hayseed Dixie; 14/12 Mad Dog Mcrea - something for all tastes there! They're also all in the www.harbertonfolk.co.uk website Diary, with links to music/video samples in most cases.

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Buckfastleigh Mixed Voice A Cappella Choir - Recruiting
‘The Lost Sound’ is a small (24 singers), mixed voice, a cappella choir based in Buckfastleigh with a strong folk element. They have received an extremely warm response to their performances throughout 2012, especially from The Dart Music festival and Night of 1000 voices at Exeter Cathedral. They are looking to take on new singers in the Alto and Female tenor sections who have some harmony experience and who can learn quickly. For more info see www.singingandbreathing.co.uk or call Sandra on 01364 643105.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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